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BC's Momah deserves another year

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  January 16, 2012 01:41 PM

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The word should come down in a few days and Boston College officials are not overly optimistic.
How could they be?
In a move which BC officials do not quiet understand, the NCAA rejected BC's appeal for a sixth year of eligibility for wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah.
"The ruling came down last week and we appealed it,'' said BC coach Frank Spaziani. "So we're just waiting.''
Spaziani's confusion is based on how the decision is made, as much as why it is made.
In Momah's case, it seems pretty clear cut. The 6-foot-6 inch 229 pound wide receiver played one game last season in which he caught 8 passes from BC quarterback Chase Retig for a 157 yards, but also injured his knee and was done for the season.
Since Momah had used his redshirt season in 2009 because of an injury, BC asked for a sixth season, unusual, but waivers are routinely granted in cases of injury, most notably with Houston' QB Case Keenum.
Spaziani's argument was not only for BC, but as much for Momah. "If any kid deserves a chance to get to the next level, it is him,'' said Spaziani. "I don't care if he gets another year and plays some place else. He deserves a chance to play out his career as far as he can take it.''
Adding Momah to BC's roster next season will not turn the Eagles into national championship contenders. Momah already has his undergraduate degree and has had a career plagued by injury. He has shown flashes of what he can do as a wide receiver after dabbling on the defensive line.
Spaziani's argument is that if the NCAA is talking about what's best for the student athlete as the NCAA always uses in its decisions, he doesn't understand why the waiver wasn't granted.
NCAA has been generous in the past, with Keenum, and most recently with Purdue and former Miami QB Robert Marve, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility last week. Marve was the third Boilermaker in the last four years to be granted an additional season of eligibility by the NCAA..
Why Momah was rejected makes no sense.

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